The Board of the BABESCH Foundation cordially invites you to
The Fourth Annual Byvanck Lecture Tuesday 16 November 2010 at 8.00 PM
at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, The Netherlands
Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
HERCULANEUM: LIVING WITH CATASTROPHE
Herculaneum, which shared the fate of Pompeii in the eruption of Vesuvius, has been the object of a major conservation campaign initiated and funded by Packard Humanities Institute, and directed by the speaker, since 2001. New discoveries made in the course of the project provide dramatic evidence for major geological activity dating back a century before the eruption, and to a long drawn-out catastrophe with which the inhabitants lived. The project also has revealed the extent of catastrophe caused by inadequate conservation and maintenance to a site which offers a unique window on the past.